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5K run, youth run scheduled for Oct. 17; benefits THON

Penn State Hazleton's THON Committee is sponsoring a 5K run and 1-mile youth run on Sun., Oct. 17, starting at the campus. Proceeds from the run will go toward THON’s total fundraising effort which helps in the fight against pediatric cancer. The youth run begins at 9:30 a.m., followed by the 5K at 10.

The race begins at the Penn State Hazleton Gymnasium, with registrations held 8:00 to 9:45 a.m. The course is a fast 5K, finishing at a lower elevation and with no significant uphill portions. The course leaves and returns to the campus via Route 93. A water station will be situated on the course.  The youth race is a 1-mile run all within the Penn State Hazleton campus. For runners’ safety, no strollers, pets, bikes or roller blades are permitted.

Awards will be presented to the overall male and female overall winners finishing in first, second and third places. Medals will be awarded to the male and female runners in the following age groups:  14 and under, 15-16, 17-18, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70 and over. For the one-mile youth race, medals will be awarded to males and females in the following age groups: 8 & under, 9-10 and 11-12. Additionally, post-race random drawings and raffles will be held.

Registration fees are $20 for adults age 19 and over and $15 for youth runners.  All runners will receive a free breakfast and Penn State Creamery ice cream during the awards ceremony. Spectators may also register for the breakfast and ice cream for $10.

THON, short for the Penn State IFC/Pan-Hellenic Dance Marathon, is the largest student-run philanthropy in the world. Penn State students spent almost one year fundraising with efforts culminating each February in a 46-hour dance marathon in the Bryce Jordan Center at the University Park campus. All monies raised are donated to the Four Diamonds Fund at the Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.

To obtain a race registration form, go to http://neparunner.com/e10.html. For additional information, contact Rob Gould at robgould@hazletonymcaywca.org.

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